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  • And I quoted from Nietzsche: That which does not kill me, makes me stronger.
    (Viktor E. Frankl, "Man's Search for Meaning")

  • Man does not simply exist but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become the next moment. By the same token, every human being has the freedom to change at any instant.
    (Viktor E. Frankl, "Man's Search for Meaning")

  • As a professor in two fields, neurology and psychiatry, I am fully aware of the extent to which man is subject to biological, psychological and sociological conditions. But in addition to being a professor in two fields I am a survivor of four camps - concentration camps, that is - and as such I also bear witness to the unexpected extent to which man is capable of defying and braving even the worst conditions conceivable.
    (Viktor E. Frankl, "Man's Search for Meaning")

  • Man is capable of changing the world for the better if possible, and of changing himself for the better if necessary.
    (Viktor E. Frankl, "Man's Search for Meaning")

  • As for the concept of collective guilt, I personally think that it is totally unjustified to hold one person responsible for the behavior of another person or a collective of persons.
    (Viktor E. Frankl, "Man's Search for Meaning")


  • No man should judge unless he asks himself in absolute honesty whether in a similar situation he might not have done the same.
    (Viktor E. Frankl, "Man's Search for Meaning")

  • Austrian public-opinion pollsters recently reported that those held in highest esteem by most of the people interviewed are neither the great artists nor the great scientists, neither the great statesmen nor the great sport figures, but those who master a hard lot with their heads held high.
    (Viktor E. Frankl, "Man's Search for Meaning")

  • The third aspect of the tragic triad concerns death. But it concerns life as well, for at any time each of the moments of which life consists is dying, and that moment will never recur. And yet is not this transitoriness a reminder that challenges us to make the best possible use of each moment of our lives?
    (Viktor E. Frankl, "Man's Search for Meaning")

  • But there was no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears bore witness that a man had the greatest of courage, the courage to suffer.
    (Viktor E. Frankl, "Man's Search for Meaning")

  • The transitoriness of our existence in now way makes it meaningless. But it does constitute our responsibleness; for everything hinges upon our realizing the essentially transitory possibilities.
    (Viktor E. Frankl, "Man's Search for Meaning")

  • For too long a time--for half a century, in fact--psychiatry tried to interpret the human mind merely as a mechanism, and consequently the therapy of mental disease merely in terms of technique. I believe this dream has been dreamt out. What now begins to loom on the horizon is not psychologized medicine but rather those of human psychiatry.
    (Viktor E. Frankl, "Man's Search for Meaning")

  • The truth-that love is the highest goal to which man can aspire.
    (Viktor E. Frankl, "Man's Search for Meaning")

  • Happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue.
    (Viktor E. Frankl, "Man's Search for Meaning")

  • The way in which a man accepts his fate and all the suffering it entails, the way in which he takes up his cross, gives him ample opportunity - even under the most difficult circumstances - to add a deeper meaning to his life. It may remain brave, dignified and unselfish. Or in the bitter fight for self preservation he may forget his human dignity and become no more than an animal
    (Viktor E. Frankl, "Man's Search for Meaning")

  • Having been is also a kind of being, and perhaps the surest kind.
    (Viktor E. Frankl, "Man's Search for Meaning")


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